KWAP Honours Nation's First Anugerah Ikon Pesara Winner at Karnival Rasa Sayang 2019​

Kuala Lumpur, 5 October 2019 – The nation's first recipient of the Anugerah Ikon Pesara (AIP) was awarded today during the Karnival Rasa Sayang (KRS) 2019 at Shah Alam Stadium compound. The event hosted by Kumpulan Wang Persaraan (Diperbadankan) [KWAP] aims to promote active ageing among Malaysian pensioners.

Sariah Amirin, 75, was announced as the winner of the inaugural award which is the first of its kind in the nation to recognise public sector retirees for their contribution to society in the fields of Education, Social and Community Development as well as Entrepreneurship after leaving the work force. The award is an idea which was mooted by KWAP, supported by the Public Services Department Malaysia. Ministry of Finance Secretary General of Treasury and KWAP Chairman, Tan Sri Ahmad Badri Mohd Zahir who had earlier officiated KRS 2019, presented the award to Sariah.

Sariah won the award under the Education category based on her achievements and extensive work with dyslexic individuals. She is the Founder and President of the Malaysian Dyslexia Association. Following her retirement from the public sector, she has developed a three-month intensive remediation programme for children with dyslexia in reading and subsequently opened 15 dyslexia centers throughout Malaysia. She has also published a set of 10 dyslexia books in Bahasa Malaysia for beginners, which are widely used in dyslexia schools nationwide. 

One of the initiatives which she has kick started was organising courses on teaching methods for parents so they are better equipped to assist their dyslexic children at home.

In winning the award, Sariah said she hopes other pensioners would be able to give back to the community while fulfilling one's passion.

"My passion has always been in education and working with the dyslexic community has kept me active during my retirement years. I urge other pensioners to also keep active by carrying out their respective passion – and wherever we can give back to the community, we give back," she said. 

KRS 2019 is KWAP's second edition with the first being in Ipoh, Perak last year and is part of the retirement fund's initiative to grow beyond its investment and pensions administration functions.

The objective of the carnival is to primarily highlight the five key elements of retirement wellbeing which includes finance, health, living environment, psychology, and societal aspects of an individual. KRS 2019 featured activities such as financial planning workshops, re-employment seminars, exhibition booths offering a range of retirement-related services, healthy cooking demonstrations, and a variety of educational and fun events for the entire family.

KWAP Chief Executive Officer Syed Hamadah Syed Othman emphasised on the importance of being proactive in preparing for retirement.

Syed Hamadah said, "Acknowledging that by 2040, Malaysia will have 20% of our total population to be the age of 65 years old and above, it is essential for Malaysians at large to appreciate retirement wellbeing. Retirement can be an exciting phase especially when one is well-informed of the range of existing opportunities. This is precisely what Puan Sariah, our AIP winner, has demonstrated."

The carnival is part of an on-going effort to empower the lives of pre-retirees and retirees. "KRS is an outreach programme which provides KWAP with an avenue to be continuously in touch with our stakeholders, and in this case the pensioners. It is during this carnival that we expose attendees with various activities which are tailored to the needs of both pre-retirees and retirees," he added.

About 40 selected sponsors, partners, and exhibitors participated in the event. KRS 2019 also featured local personalities such as Dato' Dr. Haji Mohd Fadzilah Kamsah, Dato' Zainal Abidin, Datuk Rosyam Nor, Dato' Fazley Yaakob, Amy Search, Dina Nadzir, Adi Fashla and Kevin Zahri.

KRS 2019 commenced with the flag-off of Larian Rasa Sayang where over 3,000 participants were involved. ​


Both young and old participants from Larian Rasa Sayang this morning wind down at the finishing line together. The run is one of many activities at KRS 2019 which promotes healthy lifestyle and active ageing among pensioners and their families. 


Sariah Amirin (centre) was announced as the nation’s first Anugerah Ikon Pesara winner. Presenting the award is (from left) Shah Alam Mayor Dato’ Haris Kasim, Post Services Division Director Datuk Teo Khian How, Ministry of Finance Secretary General of Treasury and KWAP Chairman Tan Sri Ahmad Badri Mohd Zahir, and KWAP CEO Syed Hamadah Syed Othman.